1. Portugal
  2. Lisbon District
  3. Sintra
  4. Pena Palace

Sintra: Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket

Product ID: 156891
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Explore the classic ruined castle established during the 9th century and built with fortified stone walls. Marvel at the wonderful panoramic views over the hills of the Serra De Sintra.
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Valid 1 day
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Wheelchair accessible
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore a fortification built in the 9th century
  • Marvel at the ancient ruins and dense forest surroundings
  • Save time and skip the line to get to the castle
  • Visit one of the most popular tourist attractions of Sintra
  • Admire the wonderful panoramic views over the hills of the Serra De Sintra
Full description
The Castle of the Moors was classified as a National Monument in 1910 and it also forms part of the Sintra Cultural Landscape classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1995. It soars 412 m above sea level and looms high above the surrounding forest. 

The 10th-century Moorish castle’s dizzying ramparts stretch across the mountain ridges and past moss-clad boulders the size of small buses. The best walking route here from Sintra-Vila is not along the main road but the quicker, partly off-road route via Rua Marechal Saldanha. The steep trail is around 2 km, but quiet and rewarding. 

Once you reach the castle, the views over Sintra’s palace-dotted hill, across to the glittering Atlantic are breathtaking. Along the walkways, you can admire the unique landscape that in the foreground features Sintra town and its town hall, the Palace of Pena and the hills. In the background, admire the extensive plain running northwards and the Atlantic Ocean.
Includes
  • Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation to the castle

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Meeting point

Castle of the Moors. To get to Castle of the Moors by car or public transportation. • If driving to Sintra, take the IC19 (from Lisbon), IC30 (from Mafra) or EN9 (turning off the A5 motorway to Cascais). When you arrive in the town’s historic centre, you’ll see a vertical sign showing the way to the Moorish Castle (3.5 km). GPS Coordinates 38º 47’ 24.25” N 9º 23’ 21.47” W. • By public transport from Lisbon to Sintra. By train (CP) take the Sintra Line. Departure stations: Estação do Oriente, Estação do Rossio, Estação de Entrecampos. • By public transport from Sintra to Castle of the Moors. By bus (Scotturb). Sintra Station, Pena Circuit From Sintra, take Scotturb bus No. 434, which runs from the railway station to the Moorish Castle.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please note the last admission is at 5:00 PM.
• Tickets are valid until 31st December 2020.
• Castle of the Moors is located in Sintra, about 30 kilometers from Lisbon. You can reach Sintra easily by taking the train from Lisbon.
• There is an online booking fee added to the ticket price.
• Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Last admission 5:00 PM.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 498 reviews

Review summary

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    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
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    4.4 / 5
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I felt very connected with the past but wished there were more explanatory posts displayed at each spot inside the castle. It would be ideal to have a media room located at the entrance area of the castle where one can watch a 15 min video about the history of the castle before touring it.

December 17, 2019

Esto si que fue una aventura. Llovió un poco y hacia bastante frío. La verdad que aunque fue un poco restante el subir todas las cuestas y escaleras llegamos al tope de ambas torres. Definitivo no es recomendable para personas con problemas en rodillas o que les dé un poco de miedo las alturas. Nosotros que hacemos ejercicio diario, lo sentimos bastante. Pero al final la vista lo compensa todo.

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November 25, 2019

Really enjoyable hike up to the site from Sintra. (About 1.4km uphill with some steps and stellar views of the countryside.

March 13, 2020

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